The folks at Microsoft had said both Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 would be released to manufacturing before the end of the month, and they were true to their word, getting both in with just about a week to spare yesterday.
While both operating systems are set for general availability on October 22, SearchWinIT.com reports that adoption of R2 is expected to be slow at first, while Windows 7 deployment should be somewhat quicker (especially for organizations running Vista).
For those anxious to take R2 for a test drive, a 180-day evaluation will be available starting August 20.
Here’s a rundown of what else is making headlines this week:
- No Exchange 2007 in R2?
In a recent blog post, the Microsoft Exchange Team announced that the latest update for Exchange Server 2007 SP1 is now available, with a second service pack coming soon.
They also casually slipped in the fact that Exchange Server 2007 will not be supported on Windows 2008 R2. Why? The best guess at this point is that by the time enterprises start migrating to R2 (likely later next year), Exchange 2010 will be out and in full effect.
- Linux users get help with Hyper-V
Microsoft released three open source drivers designed to simplify the process of running Linux on Hyper-V as a guest OS. This doesn’t come as a huge surprise, as open source consultant Chris Maresca put it, “As long as Linux operating systems and applications are out there, it’s in Microsoft’s best interest that they can run on its infrastructure.”
Still, while the release should certainly make it easier for Hyper-V users to incorporate Linux, it doesn’t necessarily signal a huge change for most IT pros.
- Free tools are the best kind
While not technically “news”, Microsoft MVP in Directory Services Gary Olsen wrote a cool piece on some of the best free utilities available for Windows admins, such as PerfMon and PAL.